Dispute Resolution Options
The Office of Special Education is responsible for ensuring a system of due process consistent with New York State law and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Due process procedures have been established to provide specific options for resolving concerns or disagreements that arise between parents and school districts about the identification, evaluation, educational placement of, or the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to a student with a disability or a student suspected of having a disability.
New York State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) Indicator 15 Stakeholder Engagement Survey
Recent activities dedicated to improving Indicator 15, including more accurate data reporting, have resulted in NYSED exceeding the current SPP Indicator 15 targets. NYSED developed a survey to gather meaningful stakeholder input on setting updated Indicator 15 targets. The link to the survey is posted on the Office of Special Education’s SPP/APR webpage. The survey will close on Friday, October 13, 2023. Please share the survey link with parents and other interested parties in your communities.
Questions about New York’s SPP/APR Indicator 15 Stakeholder Engagement Activities may be directed to StakeholderDPU@nysed.gov.
There are three distinct options for special education dispute resolution:
School districts and parents are encouraged to work cooperatively to resolve disagreements that may occur through non-adversarial means whenever possible. For example, parents may contact their child’s teacher or ask for a meeting with school administrators or the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or Committee on Special Education (CSE) to discuss concerns about their child's education before proceeding with the dispute mechanisms above.
Special Education Due Process Unit
New York State Education Department
Office of Special Education, Room 309 EB
89 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12234
Attention: Due Process Unit
Phone: (518) 473-0170
Fax: (518) 402-3583
Special Education Quality Assurance Regional Offices
The Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Regional Offices website includes contact information for the SEQA regional associate assigned to your school.